Orientalism is a Western cultural movement climaxing in the nineteenth century but with origins in the ancient and medieval worlds, and with a continuing influence today. Much of Orientalist art depicts idealised or even fictional versions of the East (ie Asia and North Africa) although it is based on real observations of these cultures. Orientalism is especially well represented in nineteenth century painting, but is also an important thread in sculpture, literature, dramatic arts and even travel writing.

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Alexandre Roubtzoff
Presentation of the life and work of the Russian-French Painter Alexandre Roubtzoff. (Mostly in French.)
The Dahesh Museum of Art
The only museum in America dedicated to collecting and exhibiting 19th- and early 20th-century European academic art. The basis of the Museum is an art collection acquired by the Lebanese writer and philosopher Dr. Dahesh (1909-1984.)
Orientalist Art of the Nineteenth Century
A century of European painters recording and interpreting the Near and Middle East.
Orientalists and Ghadir Khumm
discussing Orientalists' understanding of the Sunni and Shia traditions in Islam.
Orientalists and the Middle East
Bob Speel's page discussing Orientalist painting
William Holman Hunt's Oriental Mania and his Uffizi self portrait
George P. Landow's essay, originally from The Art Bulletin, 1982.

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